Neighborhood Ministries’ mission is to break the cycle of poverty in impoverished, inner-city Phoenix by holistically loving, serving, and bringing life-transforming hope and power to families in the community. At NM, we provide both Outreach and Empowerment programs. Our Outreach programs are designed to meet our clients’ most basic needs including food and clothing assistance, safety, youth programs, crisis housing, and medical and dental services. Our Empowerment programs have grown out of our long-term relationships, realizing that the children we serve need case management, academic support, college or trade school placement, and workforce development.

Since 1982, Neighborhood Ministries has:

  1. Provided the basic necessities to the under-resourced in the urban Phoenix community.
  2. Provided a safe, alternative place where community youth can congregate after-school and engage in enriching activities such as sports, the arts, etc.
  3. Provided the urban Phoenix community with resources necessary to break the cycle of poverty and abuse that has existed for generations.
  4. Provided a place where whole families are nurtured, from the parents to the children, promoting family unity and community responsibility.

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Kit Danley founded Neighborhood Ministries in 1982 and remains the President of the organization today. Kit’s passion to bring authentic change and renewal to the urban community led her and her husband, Wayne, to live in the city and raise their two children there. She has become a champion of the people we serve. Because of the commitment by the Danleys and others to live in and serve the urban community, we have built a culture of trust in the city, laying the foundation for the positive, enduring work that has now spanned three decades. In 2001, we moved into The Neighborhood Center, the newly developed campus of an 8-acre site at 19th Avenue and Van Buren, in the heart of downtown Phoenix. The Neighborhood Center is now the hub where relationships with children, their families, and city-wide partners join together to make a difference for hundreds throughout the community.

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